We all have questions at some point that we Google for an answer or need a solution to a problem. So when we do find that place online that answers the question or solves the problem, we are very quick to close that website or blog and move on to what we were doing before… We do it without thinking, even though we are taught especially via internet marketing to comment on blogs but we are only doing this because we want that all important back link. Or on the other side we comment on the blogs that we follow as part of a community. Well I believe those website and blogs that help us out along the way deserve a thank you.
If we thank a stranger that helps, shouldn’t it work online to?
I am not saying all this because I don’t do it myself, because I do, I did it a lot until one day it just hit me that this blog have answered a question and I was going to leave without saying or typing a thank you. Trust me it’s a hard habit to break. We spend most of our lives online doing something, yet in a split second we are content flipping from website to website or blog to blog without a thank you in sight and it does’nt seem fair. If we were in the street and we needed to find a place, we would ask directions to a total stranger. We would automatically thank them if they helped us or not because they took the time to stop what they where doing and helped. Well I believe because we do not physically see the faces of these helping blogs in person we bypass the need to say thank you because there is no one physically there to say it to.
It’s work maintaining a online presence for others to find, come, use and then not show their appreciation.
Is this what the online world is creating, a way of taking what we need when we need it. Yet forgetting those who are typing away to solve our problems or answer our questions. These website and blogs are doing what they are doing, so we will find the solution and answers at their blog yet when we do get there we take the information and close the blog without a by or leave. It happens to me and it happens to everyone who has an online presence and wants traffic to flow to your place of words. We see it in all the tracking software we use on our sites. You could see 10 people come to your site and stay there for say 10 minutes each, yet not one comment was left. What were they doing there apart from reading and looking at your hard earned effect of words and your effect in getting them there in the first place?
Breaking habits is not easy, but it can be done
As I said before I do it but now I try and stop myself from leaving a website or blog without saying a thank you for the information. Let me tell you it’s not easy, sometimes I remember about leaving feedback hours later but by then that blog or site is totally out of my head. Now I am not talking about commenting on the places you are dedicated to following, no I am talking about that place you have already forgotten about because you got what you needed and moved on. It’s ironic that we want to comment to gain back links, but if we had this habit naturally we would not need to worry so much about getting those “quality back links” for they would be created naturally and be more beneficial in the long run. We all know that when you get a comment the first thing you do is see where it’s come from. Now reverse the process for your own site. If you comment on say 15 blogs in a day that have merely helped you on your internet travels that’s 15 new views to your site. Plus people love positive comments it boosts our moral and makes us know that there are people who do appreciate the work we do, even if they only looked at 1 post. In return you may get a comment back but you are guaranteed a visit. They may not stay long it only takes 1 out of the 15 to see something they like on your blog and decide to follow you. 1 + 1 = 2 and the sum continues.
Negative Feedback (Yes/No)
Now I know that not all places deserve good feedback, should you still leave feedback? Well in my opinion yes but ONLY if it is constructive criticism. Its hard enough to feel unappreciated of all the hard work you have put in to your site, to then be told it’s a load of rubbish without any details or suggestions of why. Words still hurt and we as webmasters are still human with feelings, even if we do try to grow a thick skin. By being positive in your constructive criticism and offering some suggestions will allow them you know you are helping which in its self is a good step.
Where to Link
We want traffic, every man and his dog are telling you their way of getting traffic to your blog yet we are actually missing out on a natural way of getting traffic and links without thinking. All the comments you leave should point them back to your personal website or blog, why because when they come to visit they want to read about the person, who took the time to leave a comment not about what’s hot or not on Amazon or eBay. It doesn’t cost you a penny to leave a comment but it will make that webmasters day or give them important insights on how to better there blog and in return you will be getting a visit. They do deserve it and remember what goes around comes around.
Over to you
So my challenge for you is this. For the next 5 days monitor the places you go to after you use Google or any search engine for help. Those websites or blogs that help you solve a problem or answer a question, simple comment a thank you and tell them in a few words how they have helped you, it may be obvious but tell them anyway.
When you have completed your task come back and share how you found the experience.